May 14 2009

Journeys with a Pentax K200D DSLR
Reflections on Water

Who isn’t mesmerized by water? I know that water’s infinite variety of color, movement, and mood captivates me. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn back again and again to The River, to streams, even to puddles alongside the road. I never get enough, and am always shooting photos of water. Here are a few reflections, on water, beginning with this riverside puddle captured in the water-washed bedrock under an autumn sky:


Reflected Cumulus

Clouds build overhead and threaten rain, and five feet behind me The River poured over a steep but short stepped falls. Further down the river, another pool trapped in bedrock by recent high water reflects the tall pines of the slope overlooking this reach of river:


Reflected Pines

The extensive bedrock exposures alongside The River are fissured and folded, and high water often leaves puddles where small frogs thrive. They hunt insects on the surface, but dive under waterlogged leaves when they feel threatened. You can’t see the frogs in this pool for that reason:


Frog Pool

Frogs are hiding, but the towering cumulonimbus cloud building overhead is well defined. Time to head ashore, but not before grabbing this shot:


Reflected Cumulus

Beech and maple trees grow hard against the bedrock, and autumn was at its height when this photo was shot. Within the week I’m back in the same area, and the sky is bright blue with few clouds:


Bright Blue Sky

The bedrock is polished but knobby, attesting to the scouring power of water. Further upstream, in a shallow backwater, the brilliantly colored leaves are reflected in The River’s foamy ripples:


Reflected Autumn Leaves

Years of storms have pushed a wrack of debarked limbs and tree limbless trunks ashore and into the shallows. Beavers have left the remains of their dinners, too. Up along the portage trail, this deeper pool is ablaze in color:


Reflected Shoreline

The beauty of autumn is fleeting, and nothing slows down the approach of November gales that strip the leaves of their bounty of gem-like leaves. Still, there’s color to be found in the pools, even when the leaves aren’t yet emerged in spring:


Reflected Spring Sky

And then it rains…


Reflected Dark Woods

But now it is most definitely spring, and new growth is springing up everywhere, even in the shallow rim of a freshet:


Reflected in Shallows

The small green specs are touch-me-not leaves. In a month, they’ll be six inches high and growing in a mucky stream border. In August, they’ll bloom into lush bright orange flowers much loved by butterflies, hummingbirds, and photographers. But August is a long way off. Until then, I’m sure there will be plenty more opportunities to reflect on water.

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